Race Preview: 2017 Best in the West Triathlon (Sweet Home)

Are you ready to Tri? The Best in the West Triathlon on Sept 9-10 in Sweet Home has so many options to choose from that you’re bound to find something that will appeal to you. This is a family-friendly event suitable for all, and there’s a large campground available if you’d like to make a weekend of it. There’s even a bonfire on Saturday night! Not only that, but the location, the Foster Reservoir in the foothills of the Cascades, is a great backdrop for a triathlon festival and the end of the summer is the perfect time of year.

So which event will you choose? There are several to mull over. There’s a Mixed Team Relay (250m Swim, 5k Bike, 1.2k Run for each team mate and each team must have 2 males and 2 females,) The Tri Fest Squared (Half Iron OR Sprint on Saturday and Olympic on Sunday,) The Sprint (Individual Triathlon, Duathlon, Aqua Bike, SUP/Kayak Tri, 2 Person Relay, or 3 Person Relay,) The Olympic (Individual Triathlon, Duathlon, Aqua Bike, SUP/Kayak Tri, 2 Person Relay, or 4 Person Relay,) The Half-Iron (Individual Triathlon, Duathlon, Aqua Bike, SUP/Kayak Tri, 2 Person Relay, or 3 Person Relay,) The Try-a-Try Individual, the Youth Tri, and the Kids Splash & Dash. Whew!!

The weekend of events starts with a real shotgun start! The water on Foster is flat and calm, which should make for a nice fast swim and the the wave start means it won’t get too crowded out there. The country roads on the bike course and fun, fast, and winding and there are aid stations every mile of the run.

After your journey, there’s a pretty awesome celebration to be had at the post race party! Some races don’t offer a lot in the way of food at the finish line, but this is not one of those races. There will be a huge BBQ waiting for you with local produce, not to mention a complimentary ice cold beer and some live music.


What: The Best in the West Triathlon

When: September 9-10, 2017. Sprint at 9:00AM Sat, Olympic at 8:00AM Sun, Half Iron at 8:00AM Sat, Try a Tri at 10:00AM Sun, Splash & Dash at 11:30AM Sun

Where: 44450 N River Dr, Sweet Home, OR

Register: Here

Registration Cost: Varies, depending on race. See website here.


About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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